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Navigating COVID-19 this Winter

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the U.S., childcare providers are back on high alert. Brightwheel remains committed to supporting you through this time. Read on to learn about the current state of childcare and how early educators can best prepare for what’s to come. 

Navigating COVID-19 this Winter

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Despite the surge in COVID-19, the vast majority of early education providers are remaining open

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the United States, many early education providers might be growing concerned. However, unlike the initial wave of COVID-19 in the spring, we now know a lot more about the virus and how it spreads, which means we are better equipped to navigate the surge. 

The situation for your center is largely determined by your state regulations and local licensing departments. However, from speaking with thousands of early educators and industry experts, we know that the vast majority of providers are finding ways to remain open for in-person instruction. What’s more, if centers do need to close, most are temporary in nature and are typically limited to pods or classrooms that have been exposed to COVID-19. While COVID-19 cases are expected to rise in your area, current trends along with recent studies suggest that an overwhelming majority of child care centers will continue to remain open, provided safety protocols are followed.  

For centers that are remaining open, staff shortages continue to create challenges for admins and directors. This means it’s even more important to find ways to streamline operations so you can get more time back in your day. Read on to learn how brightwheel can help you operate safely and with less stress during COVID-19.


What you can do to stay in control of the situation 

We know this is a stressful time, but the more you know, the better you’ll be able to make the right decisions for your center. Continue to stay vigilant with your safety procedures, such as frequent hand washing, facility cleanings, limiting the use of communal items, and conducting health screens. Keeping your center safe and healthy will allow you to stay more in control of the situation.   

Additionally, here’s a list of helpful resources you should monitor to stay up-to-date and to learn how other providers like you are navigating the crisis this winter.


How brightwheel can help you operate safely and with less stress during COVID-19

Since the start of COVID-19, we’ve been partnering with industry experts and our provider community to help solve your biggest challenges. Here are some ways you can use brightwheel to protect your students, families, and staff, and to keep your center running smoothly:


In addition to keeping students and staff safe, streamlining your operations onto a single tool like brightwheel can help you save costs and a significant amount of time on some of your most tedious tasks. To learn more about how brightwheel can help you navigate COVID-19, reclaim your time, and operate better with less stress, check out this resource.

Brightwheel is the complete solution for early education providers, enabling you to streamline your center’s operations and build a stand-out reputation. Brightwheel connects the most critical aspects of running your center—including sign in and out, parent communications, tuition billing, and licensing and compliance—in one easy-to-use tool, along with providing best-in-class customer support and coaching. Brightwheel is trusted by thousands of early education centers and millions of parents. Learn more at

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